Tips for applying United State visit visa

I receive many queries on daily basis regarding applying for United States visa. I have mentioned the complete process of applying for a visa in a below mentioned post however based on all of your question I have mentioned few tips that you can take care of while applying for a visit visa. These are only my suggestions and tips based on my experience so you should not take it very seriously because it might not make any difference to the approval of your visa application.

Timings:

Whatever time is assigned for your visa interview, make sure to reach 30 minutes in advance. You will have to take shuttle bus to the embassy to spare an hour for that. It doesn’t matter on what time your interview is performed so feel free to chose a time that suits you when you are asked to pick one.

Dress Code:

Americans are relaxed for the dressing however you should be presentable. It will not make a difference and will not increase the chances of getting a visa but if a person is dressed well he is taken seriously. I have seen many people dressed like clowns, please don’t do that. You don’t have to wear red shirt and tight jeans, also please don’t put your sunglasses over your head and put it in your pocket, its not cool.

Trousers: Dress pants are better but jeans is also fine if its plain. Jeans should not have any designs and it should not be torn.

Shirt: Dress shirt is better but a plain t-shirt can be worn as well. T-shirt should be of dark color without any printings. A plain T-shirt should not be of red, yellow or very bright colors that catches the eye.

Suit: You can wear a suit if you like however if the weather is too hot like it is in summers then spare yourself and wear something that suits the weather.

What Documents you need:

You should always keep one simple rule in mind when preparing documents. You should take all those documents with you that shows your commitment to stay in Pakistan whether its property papers or your business papers. According to United States Embassy website, applicants are encouraged to bring documents they believe will demonstrate compelling reasons to depart the United States and an intention to abide by the terms of the visa.

Original documents:

  • Take your original bank statements with you
  • Take original documents of any property or home you have on your name
  • Take a letter from your employer on company’s letter head stating that you work there on what rank at what salary and it would be better if they can mention that you are taking a leave from the company and will be joining back in a limited time.
  • If you are a student, get a letter from your college or institute mentioning that you are attending their institute as a full time student and your institute’s holidays are coming up. Your application should be in the time frame of the holidays otherwise the embassy will suspect that you will not rejoin the institute and will not come back.

If you are visiting a family member:

Family members cannot sponsor you visa and you should not have high hopes that just because you have a family member in United States. Having a family member whether he is a citizen or not doesn’t mean you will get visa for sure specially if you are a young male. Parents tend to get visa easily however brothers/sisters and extended family’s young male’s visa get easily rejected.

All you need from your family member is their address and contact details that will go straight in the form and you will also mention that you will stay at your relatives home because this way you will not need heavy bank statement for accommodation expense.

If you are going on an official trip:

You will need a letter of invitation from the company who has invited you or if your company is sending you a letter on company’s letter head mentioning the reason of your visit. If you have an official reason to visit then chances are very strong that you will get a visa considering you have solid grounds.

If you are going for a medical emergency:

Any family emergency is seriously considered and all the processes are expedited. Follow the link below for complete details.

http://islamabad.usembassy.gov/pakistan/niv_emergency_appointments.html

If you want to visit your fiance:

You can go to visit your fiance however you will need all his/her information to be mentioned on the form. You can visit her but you must come back after visiting her. Entering with the intention of marrying a US citizen is considered to be a visa fraud. US embassy would never grant you a visa if the visa officer will suspect that you are intending to do that. Even if you get married with tourist visa in USA you will still have to come back before the duration of your visa and after that your paper work can take place in Pakistan for green card.

If you are going for tourism:

You will not need anything extra for tourism visa. You would just need to know here you would be going exactly and where you would stay. If you want to visit multiple locations then you must know clearly their states, cities and names as it shows how serious you are in visiting United States. If you are married and going alone then do mention it to the visa officer so they know you have family in Pakistan. Usually they do not consider presence of your parents and siblings  in your home country however still mention that you have all your family and parents in Pakistan and you cannot stay away from them and you will come back.

How much money you should show in your Bank Statement:

This is the most frequently asked question by everyone. Bank statement is for the reason to show that you can carry your own expense and would not be a burden on states. If you would be staying at your relatives place then you don’t need to show much funds however if you are staying at a hotel specially if you are planning to visit any attractions then you would need to show more money. There are no clear guidelines on how much money you need to show on your bank account however the more the better. I am giving suggestion here but they might not be accepted by the US embassy, they are just guidelines.

If staying at relative’s place: If you are staying at your relative’s place for around a month in United States then $1000 bank statement would be sufficient however if you want to spend 2 months then $2000 would be better, for around 6 months $3000 would be better.

If you are going for tourism: If you are going for tourism and would stay at a hotel then for a month $2000 or more would be a good amount because for visiting a single attraction is very expensive e.g. one day entry ticket to Disney World park is around $100 per person per day and the cheapest hotel on famous locations can cost you around $100 per night so you should calculate the money you would be needing beforehand, then memorize all those locations and have those funds available in your account.

If you are going on company’s trip: If your expenses are covered by your company then you should get a letter from them that your expenses are covered. If  you have this letter from your company then you would  need a very small statement just for day to day expense e.g. even $500 statement would be sufficient too. If your company is not covering your expense and you are going on your own business tour then you must show a heavier statement depending upon how many days you are intending to stay in United States. If you want to stay for one week in a hotel and attend some meetings or conferences then around $1000 would be fine however if its for around a month then $2000 or more. If you are running your own business then its is always perceived that you have money so show a fat statement to make your chances of getting the visa even stronger.

Other important tips:

  • Make sure to mention your reasons for coming back to Pakistan e.g. your study, your job, your business, your property, your parents or family etc.
  • Be confident, if you have a genuine case then you must not hesitate for anything otherwise they would think that you are suspicious.
  • There is no harm in not knowing English, if you can’t speak clear English do not speak it, instead ask for the interpreter. I never understand why Pakistani feel so shame telling that they can’t communicate in English, American’s understand that and they arrange for the interpreter if you request so. Although if you are going on a tourism trip where you would be alone then they can object that how you would communicated when you reach United States.
  • Make sure to arrange all your documents so you can present anything they ask for easily because I have seen many people looking in a huge pile of documents and sometimes throwing them on floor but still they don’t find the desired documents. Take your time and apologize for any delay to avoid any awkwardness and look into your documents, if you are confused you would mess up so be confident.

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  1. saadia /

    Leaving a 2 year kid and visiting with my husband. Need a visit visa. My husband is a permanent employee in telecom and I am a lecturer of language in a university. I have been to Dubai and Thailand. My husband travelled officially to Europe and USA as well. My shengen visa was rejected twice and UK visa once bcoz of lack of funds. Guide me as for high chances to gt a USA visit visa. My husbands uncle can send an invitation. He is a national and well settled.

    1. Admin / Post Author

      Dear Saadia,
      If the funds are low US visa might get rejected as well. If you uncle sponsor you financially then there is a chance but he would need to go through the whole procedure of providing his finances details etc.

      http://www.pakistaniinusa.com/how-to-financially-sponsor-a-usa-visit-visa-for-family-or-friend/

  2. fatima /

    I am single of 30 age doing job in K-Electric since 7 months how many chances are there to get visit visa before 2 times I have been refuse by visit visa counselor they straight said you are single you will stay there as i have one my sister there she is on LPR kindly confirm

    1. Admin / Post Author

      Dear Fatima,
      If you have been rejected twice chances are you won’t get it third time unless your circumstances change like you got engaged or married etc

  3. Hina /

    Salam sir
    Sir I applied for visit visa year ago and rejected
    Question they asked me why you want to visit USA
    Me to attend brother wedding
    Then he ask about my bro and sponsors I said my uncle is sponsored
    And they the ask about my education I tell I am medical student I have f 4th year exam at end of next month
    He can’t check any my doucument I have my datesheet my bro wedding card every thing what was that reason
    Me and my younger brother apply par along on ka same day we have interview

    1 Now I want to apply again after my final exam I need your suggestion for it
    One of my frd said that apply visit visa at said you are engaged you have to come back pak because you’re going to marry soon your bro and sister in law can’t attend your wedding due to some issue so you are visiting them
    2 one of ny frd said apply to elective immediately after final year exam and said your waiting your final year result it will out after 2 month you want to do elective before graduation In boht case my sponsor is my uncle mamu
    What is you suggesting ????

    1. Admin / Post Author

      Dear Hina,
      Showing that you are engaged might help however you will need all the info of your fiance if you are truly engaged. Please do not lie to them on anything as they are living breathing lie detectors and can sense easily when someone is lying.

      There is no need to mention that your brother can’t attend your wedding that is why you are going to see them. Just tell them that you want to visit them before you get married if you really are.

      If your mamu is sponsoring you, you should tell them that you are going to visit your mamo. It doesn’t make sense that you are visiting your brother but he is not the sponsor, doesn’t leave a good impact.

  4. Akbar Zeb /

    Hello sir
    What will be the strong reason to get USA visa..coz i need to go to USA just for a visit..
    Thank you!

    1. Admin / Post Author

      What do you mean? if you have a strong reason, you have a strong reason, why do you want to visit?

  5. Muhammad Islam /

    Listen the strong reason is to try try agian u will get if you are really a visitor

  6. Muhammad Islam /

    You may contact to me as i can give some tips to get united States visa as i was rejected two time but i third chance yhey granted my visa.
    Islam.chemist88@gmail.com

    1. Ayaz Sharif /

      Asalaam O Alaikum,

      Dear Muhammad Islam,
      Hope you are fine and in good health.

      My name is Ayaz. I applied for US visa but refused. So i want to discuss with you and want to know your good experience.

      Please write me your cell number so i can call you.

      Thanks in advance.

      Regards,
      Ayaz.

  7. Aiza /

    I am a Thai citizen and living in Pakistan on Family Visa with my husband as housewife in his house in Pakistan. I would like to apply for the Visit Visa for USA under Non-Immigrant B1 or B2 Visa Category (whatever applies in my case). I would like to know whether I can apply for B1 or B2 visa from Pakistan or not? Please guide me where can I apply from? Pakistan or Thailand?

    1. Admin / Post Author

      You can apply from Pakistan or Thailand wherever you want. For a visit visa that is not an issue and B1/B2 is the visit visa if you only want to visit.

  8. Aiza /

    I am a Thai citizen and living in Pakistan on Family Visa with my husband as housewife in his house in Pakistan. I would like to apply for the Visit Visa for USA under Non-Immigrant B1 or B2 Visa Category (whatever applies in my case). I would like to know whether I can apply for B1 or B2 visa from Pakistan or not? Please guide me where can I apply from? Pakistan or Thailand?
    Plz reply at awais_ics@hotmail.com

  9. Sadaf /

    I recently applied for visit visa…..once I was rejected in 2011 for visit visa….now if they ask why would you rejected but I dnt knw the reason….I recently done my degree …. but one thing is confusing ….strong avidance for come back … plz guide me

    1. Admin / Post Author

      Dear Sadaf,
      Its not that easy for a single young individual to get US visit visa. Strong ties would be your family (i.e. kids or husband or fiance in Pakistan) or if you have a very strong job/business or properties.

  10. Sufyan /

    I am going for my clinical electives, though i am very fluent in english, but i am curious about having my interview in urdu, I’ll probably select my IV in urdu.
    What do you think? is that all-right.
    I’ll be leaving alone for US in order to do my clinical electives (Medical Internship).
    The other reason is , the English interviewer has recently rejected 3 of my freinds VISA for the same reason.

    1. Admin / Post Author

      Sorry for responding late, I believe they are not rejected because they chose English however its very important that you understand the question correctly before responding. Its ok to ask the question again instead of responding vaguely or wrongly. You need to be confident and you must know what you are speaking. however if its related to studies/job I would recommend using English as even for students they ask to them to give TOEFL test their proficiency in English before they come to US. You can speak it at home with friends or family to reduce hesitation if you like.

  11. kamran /

    Hi Team,

    I applied for USA study permit on 17th Nov but got rejection,my visa officer hardly took a minute for interview(she did not seem interested at all)and just asked single question “why this University”

    I am a telecom engineer and doing job in zong Pakistan my intended course was MS in networking and Telecom(relevant to my previous study and necessary for my career progression).Moreover i also have letter from employer that i shall be granted high salary
    would you like to elaborate what was the root cause??
    because i want to apply again so please extend your support.

    I am being told on social media that after US elections it’s very hard to get USA student permit

  12. MAHMOOD /

    Salaam Admin ,
    I’m working as traffic warden BPS 14 in city traffic police, Punjab. I’ve obtained my passport through NOC n shows that “Government Employee”.My monthly salary is about 43000 rupees.
    I’ve a Invitation n Sponsor letter but not form I-134 filled(I think).
    I’m also married n have two kids MashAllah.
    I’m going to apply visit visa with NOC from my department. What would be yours kind suggestions n guidelines for me ?
    I’ll be waiting for yours kind reply. Thanks

  13. anwar /

    I applied US B1/B2 visa twice n granted both times on the same day. Once in 2006 n then 2011. Been to US for thrice only in whole 10 years. Every time, stayed there for less than a month. Doing well here as I’m a medical Doctor, doing job n own clinic for last 14 years. Now applying for renewal as visa just expired.
    Didnt change even a single answer of any question on ds-160. One sibling is Green card n one is US citizen.
    Whats your take on chances of visa approval again.?

  14. Honey Nicolas /

    Sir i have never ever experions for aplying us visit visa we r two brothers 22 and 24 age and one mother she is retired from govt job in pakistan govt hosp as a head nurse we wish to apply for us visit visa please tell me which kind of visa suitable for single single or family visit visa
    ( we hv a propertyof a house in pakistan nd 20 lack bank statement nd my mother sister family is live in us mishigen nd sister of my mother who lives in us mishigen is also a cancer patient therefore doctors dont permit for visit to pakistan

  15. Ali Zubair /

    Dear Sir
    I need your advise that i am going to apply alone USA non immigirant visa on 20 dec 16. I have prepeard my self as below & will bear all my travelling expense my self.

    My Profile is:
    1- My age is 37 years.
    2- I am married and have 3 kids(3,4 & 6 yrs old) 2 kids are studing in a school.
    3- My occupation is related to travel & tourism and arround 10 years experiance in a same feild.
    4- i am currunty working in a travel & tour compay from 11 months as a Tour Manager.
    5- my current salary is pkr 70000/- per month and my personal bank statment is less then 10 lac pkr..
    6- i used to work in a travel agency in Dubai UAE as a Sales & Marketing Manager from 2007-2009.
    7- since 2009 i did not travel abroad.
    8- i live in a joint family and our house is on my mother’s name.
    9- My lots of family reletives live in USA and i wanna visit them and as well as discover the USA tourist places that will be help to define me to our customers and generate more business in pakistan.
    10- i will also stay with my reletives in USA.

    Kindly advise me the is that enough ties to apply?

  16. sohaib /

    agar ap log december 25 ya 20 ko denge do to chances barh jate hai visa lagne k

  17. Ashoo /

    Hi… my father is us citizen.. he already applied for my brother but it is taking long time… can he apply for visit visa for him… while the other application is processing… does applying for visit visa affects the other application for permanent resident ? And how long it will take to get a visit visa…

  18. Usman /

    Hi… My immigration petition I-130 is approved and I am waiting for the last 8 years. Can I apply for a visit visa to visit my brother if my immigration petition is in pending. I am single and my age is 31.

  19. Qazi altaf /

    Dear sir
    I am 37 years old & I would like to visit in the US what is your suggestions ? Who is the suitable type of the Visa I’m going apply first time for visa any currently i means my passport is empty

  20. sain Chaudhary /

    sir ,my name is Saim Chaudhary ,i am a advocate of high courts of Pakistan,i am 41 years old and now i have also got membership of America Bar Association.
    Midyear meeting ABA is held in February 2017 , ABA send invitation to me and my family (wife and two sons respectively aged about three year and two months only) at my request.i wanted to visit America with my family.
    i have property ,bank balance and good status in Pakistan.
    tell me one thing ….that in this situation i should apply alone or with family.
    what is plus point with family ……or not plus point with family
    thanks

  21. Khurshid Hyder /

    can my cousin appear for interview in Urdu

  22. Ahmed /

    Dear sir
    I want to go US just for 2 months with my family its abt 1 year complete my brother die .. his family want that we will be there .. what document will be needed and how many chances to get visa .. i have $1000 for bank syatment and a flat and a shop thats it .. my son is 1.5 year old and i refused when my brother die they said they want death certificate but funeral hi nahi hua tha tou death certificate kaha se hota .. help me out plz abt the document

  23. Maharaja /

    I am 23 years old was granted visa 2 years before with my complete family (Father, Mother, Bro and Sister). But now i want to travel alone to US for 15 days. Kindly inform me that did they can return me From airport for entrying alone in US because of travelling alone? As i have granted visa with my whole family.. Or its not an issue travelling alone as i have granted 5 Years Multiple Visa?

  24. Zain memon /

    Hello need your advice. I am Doctor working in Saudia Arabia for last two years, I want to visit my younger brother in USA. He is married with one year old baby.
    I have 45 days of yearly vacations. I am 35 years old n married for 4 years but not such travel history as i only been to KSA only.

  25. Shoaib Akhtar /

    I am business to usa

  26. Amar /

    Hi,
    I am 40y old married, govt employee. I want to participate a workshop on physics. The trip is fully funded by the center in usa. I have traveled to Europe two times and did my studies in china and malaysia. In 2009, i applied for F-1 visa from china but refused and was advised that I re-apply from Pakistan. But I didnt reapply an continued my studies in china. Today VO refused my B1/B2 visa. Can I re-apply? What are reasons of refusal?
    Thanks

  27. Arsalan /

    I just completed my study from uk just coming to to Pakistan so i got plan to visit to my uncle place at new york just for 15 days my uncle giving me sponsorship letter but i have no job and property letter i got just bank balance can i get visit visa for 15 days ?

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